Shawn has 15 years of experience working to strengthen civil society and social movements in China and the Asia-Pacific. His current interest is in exploring strategies and models for sustaining civil society and movements in closed spaces such as China, and helping civil society respond to China’s growing global influence. In 2018, he founded Social Innovations Advisory, Ltd., a consultancy helping NGOs to carry out impactful programming in China and Asia. Before that, he was the Deputy Director of China Labour Bulletin in Hong Kong, and founded and directed the English-language operations for China Development Brief, China’s only bilingual NGO platform covering civil society and philanthropy. He has been a long-time consultant for the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law monitoring the legal environment for philanthropy and civil society in China, and is an active member of the Innovation for Change-East Asia network. Shawn received his Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University and was a professor of political science at Marist College from 1995-2009.